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While Mr. Stevens is serving drinks at the end of the big conference, Lord Darlington observes that it looks as though Mr. Stevens is crying. He denies it with his customary little laugh, takes out a handkerchief and quickly wipes his face, claiming exhaustion.

What could have made Mr. Stevens appear in such an emotional state?


Mr. Spencer has deliberately insulted Mr. Stevens, enough to upset him.


M. Dupont has been incorrigible with his demands for an endless supply of hot water for his foot.


Lord Darlington has suffered an electoral defeat.


Mr. Stevens’s father’s condition has deteriorated and he could be close to dying.


Mr. Cardinal has suffered a riding accident.

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